Hellooo… How is everyone’s weekend going? Mine started with work. At 5am. I spent so long going through old pics for Flashback Friday last night that I didn’t have time to prepare a breakfast cookie! So I microwaved oats at work instead…


One packet of President’s Choice multigrain instant oats, 1 cup water, 2 tbsp soy protein powder, cinnamon, shredded coconut, 4 dates, cashew butter. Oats never keep me full on these early mornings for some reason. My tummy was growling less than two hours later. Ohhh the mystery that is my tummy…

Lunch was also microwaved.


Campbell’s herbed chicken with brown rice. I “beefed” it up with some leftover tofu from last night.

And then some watermelon. 



It was a crazy busy morning. One of those mornings where I found myself running down the hallways and reading newscasts out of breath. Ahhh…deadlines. I did however find time to scoot on over to the market and get a bounty of goods!!


  • Romaine
  • Cucumber
  • Tomatoes
  • Beets
  • Purple “green” beans (purple beans just sounds weird…)
  • Cabbage
  • Potatoes
  • sliced Smoked Montreal beef
  • Cabbage roll

Despite all my wonderful fresh food, I was having a major hankering for chocolate. So I snacked on a chocolate chocolate chip crisp Myoplex bar.



Well, it was definitely chocolatey! I found it was a little dry and mega rich, but still good. The cinnamon flavour is still my fave!

Oh, and I also had the world’s gooey-est fig.


Bursting with yumminess!! I wish I could find fresh figs around here, I’m curious as to what they taste like…

I’m running a 5k race tomorrow, so I wanted to keep my exercise today light. I opted for a walk downtown so I could pick some stuff up. The weather was gorgeous!

Wanna come with?


I started on the trail across the street…


And continued along the river…


Until I got downtown.


Passed a few familiar buildings, like the courthouse where I spend many days reporting.


And city hall, where many late nights are spent covering council.


Then it was off to Victory Meat Market.

Ironically, I was there to pick up some of their cheap fruit! :P


Cantaloupes for 99 cents. Suh-weet deal.

Then it was off to the Running Room in search of some Gu.


Luckily, I got there just as they were closing, otherwise I would have easily dropped money I don’t have on expensive running gear :P

And my final stop before making the trek back home was Second Cup.


I wanted something to quench my thirst, so I got myself a little treat.


Sugar-free strawberry Italian soda. Basically sucralose in club soda :P

The other wonderful thing about the river route, is there are gorgeous homes on the other side of the road.


I’m partial to this one because I have extended family that used to live there. It’s beautiful (and huge) inside.

And then home!


Overall I covered about 5 miles (8 km) in two hours. Much longer than planned. I live an extra 15 minute walk from my old place, I forgot to factor that in!

I was starving by the time I got home. It’d been a long time since my 10am “lunch.” I threw together a meal made up of my market goodies.


Haha, that cabbage roll looks so gnarly, but it was delicious! It was filled with rice and ground beef. Bought from my favourite Lebanese stand :) There’s also a cucumber salad made up of just cucumber, yogurt, lemon juice, garlic and dill.

Finally, the green stuff! Those are the greens from my beets!! I couldn’t just cut them off and throw them away, especially since there was so much. So I cooked it my favourite way to eat greens, sauteed with garlic, olive oil and parmesan. It was delicious. I couldn’t really distinguish a huge difference from spinach. It’s maybe a little less “tough” and didn’t dry my mouth out like spinach always does.



Dates + cashew butter. This is a combo that was just meant to be. I don’t know what it is but the two flavours compliment each other perfectly, more than peanut or almond butter!

I’m starting to get pumped for my race tomorrow! I kinda feel like a huge loser because I’m doing it all alone. But it’s at 2pm, and I work till 12pm, so I figured I might as well go run it seeing as I’m always working during the morning races. I don’t have any huge expectations as I’ll likely be sleep deprived and coming off a full day of work. I just want to go run my little bottom off and have a good time! :D

See ya for the recap tomorrow!!

Question of the day: What’s your favourite kind of “ethnic” food? I’ll gobble up anything Greek, Lebanese or Moroccan. Yum!

Posted on September 12, 2009, in Fun, Workouts and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.

  1. That house is gorgeous!! It’s HUGE! Thanks for sharing your running views – I love how Canada has a European feel in terms of architecture :)

    Today was the start of my early mornings and I feel your pain. Unfortunately my oats didn’t hold me at all either! What’s up with that?! I’m all about the Greek!! However, I still need to try Indian and I can see myself obsessing over that.

  2. What a darling town. Looks so much like England. Makes me want to go back. I have rellies in Kelowna- I don’t suppose that’s anywhere near you?? (Probably 3000 miles away!!)

    Indian, Indian Indian. Then Ethiopian, Japanese, Greek. Guess I’m not too picky eh!?!?
    Booo for working on a saturday morning so early!!
    Good luck tomorrow!!!

  3. I loved all the pictures. It felt like we were right with you on your run. Good luck on the 5K. I’m going to do one in early October – but I am very slow!

    The food looked wonderful. I haven’t had a fig since I was small!

  4. Jealous of your ability to walk everywhere! Love your fruit and veggie haul!
    <3 jess

  5. your town is super cute. too bad i am not allowed into canada or i would totally pay you a visit! looks like you scored some sweet loot at the market, i think the feast you fixed up looks good! i agree about the chocolate bar, i don’t really care for it. choco overload! GOOD LUCK ON THE RACE LADY!! xoxo

  6. April (Foods of April)

    You have an adorable town! I want to visit Canada so bad!

    My tummy is a mystery too.. certain foods will keep me full for hours sometimes and other days they last about 5 minutes!

    Good luck tomorrow! I know you’ll do great!

  7. Good luck on the race!! I am running my 10 miler alone in a few weeks – it’s not loser-ish I promise!!
    My fave would be Indian or Thai food probs but I am partial to food from most corners of the globe!

  8. We used to eat authentic Mexican once a week.. Now, I love Indian. But, I buy the stuff and Whole Foods. I have yet to go to an Indian restaurant since Mallard refuses to eat Indian food. He says the smell is all he needs to try ;)

  9. Good luck on you race today! Cheering from SJ…

  10. Hope you have fun at the race today… good luck!!

    Love the picture tour :)

  11. Good luck with the 5K – you are going to be blazing fast!

    I love cashew butter on dates, too. My favorite butter

  12. What a lovely walk :) Looks like you live in a pretty area.
    I think you know this already, buy my favorite food is Chinese food :)
    Good luck tomorrow!! I’ll be thinking happy thoughts for you!

  13. I love seeing people’s neighbourhoods :) When you are reporting, how do you get from one place to another? Do you drive?..

    Good luck at the race! Sending cheerleading vibes from Scotland!

    Favourite ethnic food… I want to say Chinese, but I don’t think what I class as “Chinese” is authentic so that might be cheating. I love Italian, Mexican, Greek, Middle Eastern and Indian.

    • Yup, I have a company news car that I drive. What we in the private radio biz call a “cruiser.” Sometimes I’ll just park it and walk if my destinations are close together. But I’m obligated to take it for insurance reasons and I think advertising ones since our station’s name is splashed across the side :P

  14. Thanks for taking us along on your walk through town! How cute. My favorite ethnic foods. . . so many! Indian, Thai, Vietnamese, Ethiopian, Italian, Mexican. . . I love em all!

  15. that fig does look lovely. you poor poor dear, never having had a fresh one. maybe next fig season i’ll send you some!

  16. I’m with you on the Lebanese food. Greek too…I can’t get enough. Sadly I live in WV and have to try to make my own. When I travel I seek out my favorites though!

  17. That’s my hood! Awww, you always make me homesick. Love the pictures. When I was home this summer I took the kids to City Hall to look at Freddy the Nude Dude at the fountain…we called home to my husband who was still in Ontario and he linked up to the webcam and saw us there splashing around Freddy.

    Ethnic food, obviously being married to a Greek I’m a bit partial to Greek food. But Thai and Japanese are close in the running.

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